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Formed in 2004, Florida-based band Alter Bridge have released four albums since former Creed members Scott Phillips and Mark Tremonti decided to create a group of their own. Now a four piece, also consisting of bassist Brian Marshall and vocalist Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge are going from strength to strength. Their debut album, One Day Remains, went gold in the band's native USA and featured two hit singles. Following a hard rock theme, the well-received album was written predominantly by Tremonti and the band toured worldwide to promote their new sound.
Having left their original record company, Wind-Up, the band recorded their second album through Universal Records. Released in 2007, the critically acclaimed Blackbird moved on from the band's debut in style. The album includes the hit single, Rise Today, which has become one of Alter Bridge's most successful and popular songs. The song has even been become a mainstay of Guns n' Roses guitarist Slash's live shows, someone singer Myles Kennedy performs with on a regular basis. Moving further away from their origins with Creed, the album featured more music penned by Kennedy and helped to further establish the band's individual sound. A firm favourite with fans, the song was a major feature of the band's next tour. Praised for their passionate performances, audiences were left in awe of the band's live shows. Showcasing a range of songs which explore the theme of hope overcoming adversity, the 2008 world tour gathered international fans and garnered international acclaim for Alter Bridge.
Third album AB III saw a more melancholic tone emerge and allowed Kennedy to display his story-telling abilities through the lyrics of his bandmates. Combining a rock voice with soulful intent, critics were full of admiration for the band's transformation, noting the narrative style of the piece as reminiscent of the great concept albums of the 1970s. AB III also saw the band begin their collaboration with famed record producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette. Most noted for his work with rock legend Iggy Pop, he became integral to the band's ability to combine classic hard rock with emotional melodies.
Prior to the release of the band's fourth album Fortress in 2013, the success of AB III was capped off by a triumphant European tour in 2011. The band's London show was even recorded and the band proudly released the DVD Live at Wembley: European Tour 2011 as a celebration of the tour.